New Years Resolution: Get smart with the Echo Dot — it's now $20 at Amazon and comes with a free bulb

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The Echo Dot: A truly bright idea. (Photo: Amazon)
The Echo Dot, now 20 bucks with a bonus bulb: A truly bright idea. (Photo: Amazon)

While you may have missed the boat on delivery before C-day, we see no reason not to take advantage of the epic sale being offered on this third gen Echo Dot smart home device. Think of it as a New Year's resolution — it's time to jump on the bandwagon and make your home as smart and savvy as you are.

Amazon is offering its Echo Dot with or without a smart bulb, for only 20 bucks (originally $50). Of course, you should get it with the smart bulb — it's like a modern day Clapper. Just say, "Alexa, turn on the lights," and she will do your bidding.

Says one happy user, "I absolutely love my Echo Dot! I have three already. It’s a lifesaver. You can ask it anything and it even notifies you when you receive an Amazon package (we receive so many!)."

$20 $50 at Amazon

"Alexa, why did I wait so long to get smart?" (Photo: Amazon)
"Alexa, why did I wait so long to get smart?" (Photo: Amazon)

With Amazon Prime, you'll get free shipping on this little smarty pants, plus future discounts, quick ship, entertainment, music and more, with your membership. If you haven't taken the plunge yet, you can sign up here.

Setup is so simple — even the most hardcore luddite can handle the Echo. And with such a wide range of uses, it's sure to make life simpler, as AI intended. With some equally clever add-ons (sold separately) you can adjust your thermostats, dim lights, open drapery and lock doors.

At this price — only 20 bucks! — you can afford to fit out every room in the house. The 3rd gen is "is the best Dot yet," says a fan. But don't just take her word for it. Thousands upon thousands of Amazon shoppers are talking about how it has changed their lives for the better. Over 664,000 reviewers gave this little dude a five-star rating. Seriously!

$20 $50 at Amazon

This formerly forgetful woman says: "I am absent-minded... I started putting in reminders for meds, for starting dinner, for remembering to switch the laundry to the dryer. I got more done, and it helped me not get into negative self-talk/self-recrimination for my forgetfulness... now things flow better... Alexa keeps all my lists, and can remind me what events are coming up...I've started to listen to audiobooks more and my imagination is soaring. Alexa is a great addition to my life, the personal assistant I needed!"

The little AI that will change your life. (Photo: Amazon)
The little AI that will change your life. (Photo: Amazon)

This user recommends all of Echo's fantastic features: "I can enjoy music on my Echo Dots, which are linked in a special group with my primary Echo device. The Dots are in separate rooms so I can walk around the house and have music wherever I go. This is an awesome feature. Plus I have some fun asking Alexa to play Star Trek sounds and other cool stuff...I never thought I'd say this, but Alexa with Echo has enhanced the enjoyment of my home. In all, I love my Echo Dot."

$20 $50 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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